'National IPR Policy Will Soon Go for Cabinet Approval':
Press Trust of India, October 15, 2015
Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) policy will soon be taken to
the Cabinet for approval, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala
Sitharaman said today.
A leaked version of the IPR policy doing rounds is only a draft
and is not the final policy, she said.
"The finally policy will go to the Cabinet (shortly)," she told
According to the leaked draft, the IPR policy would ensure that
intellectual property rights are not abused and their
implementation and enforcement does not adversely affect India's
While protecting concerns such as public health, food security
and environment, the draft policy aims to foster predictability,
clarity and transparency in order to augment research, trade,
technology transfer and investment.
Ms Sitharaman said Amitabh Kant, Secretary, Department of
Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), has already explained
that the leaked draft is not the final policy.
"The think-tank's version which was put in the public domain is
what was leaked. The final policy will go to the Cabinet," she
Several countries and multinational corporations want India to
bring its patent laws at par with global standards.
"A think-tank went into understanding how India's IPR policy
should be framed. A draft report is submitted, that was put in
the public domain. In fact, many countries and their
representatives met with the think-tank, interacted and have
given their inputs.
"Having taken the inputs, the final draft of the think-tank was
submitted to the government which is going through the
inter-ministerial consultation process.
"Soon, the final policy would go to the Cabinet for approval,"
Ms Sitharaman said at an Observer Research Foundation
According to the leaked inputs submitted by the IPR think-tank,
the policy will ensure that IP rights are not abused and that
implementation and enforcement of IP rights do not adversely
affect India's developmental objectives.
"Towards this end, the policy will catalyse the full potential
of intellectual property for India's economic growth and
socio-cultural development while promoting public interest," the
Under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, DIPP (Department of
Industrial Policy and Promotion) had prepared and circulated the
draft IPR policy and invited public comments last year.
Subsequently, the government took inputs for the policy from all
concerned departments and stakeholders. Besides talking about
the initiatives being taken to promote start-ups in the country,
the Minister said that the SIDBI-India Aspiration Fund has
started lending to venture capital firms.
Talking about cyber security, she said the government was
willing to engage in a very "constructive" dialogue with all the
The government is trying to make sure that cyber security can be
achieved without encroaching into the private lives of citizens,
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